Garden Butterflies


size: 2"x3"

  • Garden Butterflies
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  • Staedtler FIMO Soft Polymer Clay: Raspberry, Apple Green, Plum
  • Mini clothespins
  • Gold wire


  • Staedtler FIMO: Modeling Tools, Cutter Blades
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Staedtler Transparent FIMO Liquid Decorating Gel
  • Staedtler Ergosoft Triangular Colored Pencils
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, baking sheet and oven, container of water, aluminum foil or pebbles, coins or magnets

Pattern - Garden Butterflies

  • 1. Print out full-size patterns. Print out pattern sheet; color in butterflies with pencils. Press firmly while coloring and fill in areas entirely with color.

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  • 2. Cut colored butterflies into squares along marked lines. Place squares on baking sheet; weigh down edges with coins or magnets. Cover butterflies with thick layer of FIMO Liquid. Begin by tracing outer contours of butterflies, then filling in main areas. Smooth Liquid over any gaps using spatula. Harden gel by baking in oven following manufacturer's instructions. Let cool completely.

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  • 3. Cut out butterflies using scissors. Insert butterflies, one at a time, into bowl of water. Rub paper with fingers to remove pattern from hardened gel.

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  • 4. Condition clay with fingers until soft and pliable. Roll Raspberry log for butterfly body. Taper log so body is thinner on one end. Cut small piece off wider end; roll into ball for head. Cut slit down center of body.

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  • 5. Separate one set of butterfly wings by cutting down center line. Push cut edges into slit on body. Roll thin log of Raspberry clay; press into slit. Attach head to body. Press clay firmly in place.

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  • 6. Cut 1-1/2" wire length. Turn loops on both ends of wire using pliers. Bend wire at center to form "v" shape; press "V" into head for antennae. Smooth surface with fingers.

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  • 7. Repeat Steps 4-6 for each butterfly, using Apple Green and Plum clays.
  • 8. Position butterflies on baking sheet with small aluminum balls or pebbles beneath wings for support. Bake following manufacturer's instructions. Let cool completely.

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  • 9. Adhere clothespins to butterfly bodies. Let dry before using. To display, attach butterflies to house plants or wooden dowels.

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  • Tip
  • 1. Applying color firmly and fully to paper surface translates into more vibrant colors on image transfer.